Travel Alert September 2019: Tropical Storm Lorena Affects Western Mexico

If western Mexico is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Tropical Storm Lorena, of which landfall could occur as a hurricane at or near the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula as soon as noon on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Travel Alert September 2019: Tropical Storm Lorena Affects Western Mexico

Tropical Storm Lorena

Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is currently centered approximately 200 miles east southeast of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and is currently moving northwest at 13 miles per hour — are 70 miles per hour, which means that this storm is currently a strong tropical storm and is forecast to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane as soon as tonight, Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Over the next few days, this storm is forecast to track along the western coast of the Baja California Peninsula, which can expect up to six inches of precipitation and lead to flash flooding in local areas. Some areas may experience hurricane force winds.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the Baja California Peninsula from La Paz to Santa Fe in Mexico. Hurricane watches have been issued on the east coast of the Baja California Peninsula from north of La Paz to San Evaristo; and on the west coast of the peninsula from north of Santa Fe to Puerto Cortes — all in Mexico. A tropical storm warning has been issued in southwestern Mexico from Manzanillo to Punta Mita.

Portions of the southwestern United States may receive significant rainfall as remnants of this storm move northward at the beginning of next week.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from western Mexico over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are five airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for Los Cabos / San Jose del Cabo for Thursday, September 19, 2019 through Saturday, September 21, 2019; and Wednesday, September 25, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 through Saturday, September 21, 2019; and Wednesday, September 25, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta for Thursday, September 19, 2019 through Sunday, September 22, 2019; and Sunday, October 6, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Aeromexico has issued travel alerts for:
    • Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 through Thursday, September 19, 2019; and Saturday, September 21, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Mazatlan and Culiacan for Sunday, September 22, 2019; and Sunday, September 22, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • San Jose del Cabo and La Paz for Tuesday, September 24, 2019; and Tuesday, September 24, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo for Saturday, September 21, 2019 through Sunday, September 22, 2019.

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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